The Northern Territory to reopen borders on July 17

The Northern Territory borders will officially re-open on July 17 with self-quarantine for domestic travellers arriving in the Territory no longer required.

“The advice from the Chief Health Officer is a two replication cycle period, for everybody – so 28 days and then they can come in,” said Chief Minister Michael Gunner.

“The advice to me has always been don’t treat a Victorian differently to a Western Australian. Most importantly, let’s just do it once, let’s do it right.”

Forced hotel quarantine is still in place for international travellers entering the Territory.

Tourism NT executive general manager of marketing Tony Quarmby anticipates first-time visitors will be keen to visit popular NT destinations including Darwin, Alice Springs, Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu National Park, Kings Canyon, Nitmiluk National Park, Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands.

“The Territory is a truly iconic destination; one that’s on the bucket list for many Australians,” he said.

“For too long Australians have said ‘I’ll go one day’ – well that day has come, there are no excuses left.

“Everyone here is looking forward to re-opening and sharing this spectacular part of our own backyard with the rest of the country.

“This is your chance to escape your routine and the winter chill; the weather is warm, it’s more affordable than before, and there’s plenty of wide open spaces to explore and shake off the ‘isolation’ blues.”